Elle Taylor from Ammanford became the first person in the UK to receive the Moderna vaccine this morning, when she was given the injection in Carmarthen.

Ms Taylor, who works at a Llanelli further education college, received the dose from staff nurse Laura French at West Wales General Hospital.

Speaking after the jab, the 24 year-old said: “I’m very excited and very happy.

“I’m an unpaid carer for my grandmother so it is very important to me that I get it, so I can care for her properly and safely.

“My grandmother has had her first dose and she is going for her second dose on Saturday.”

Ms Taylor said she  found out on Tuesday evening that she was to be the first to receive the Moderna jab in the UK, and she had not heard of the Moderna vaccine until she was told she was receiving it.


Asked if she was was aware of concerns about a very small minority of people receiving the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine developing blood clots, she said:

“I had heard, but it doesn’t concern me too much, and I guess if it happens, it happens and I am in the right care if I need it, and I feel happy that I’ve tried the new one.”

On being the trailblazer for millions of others, Elle said: “I feel thrilled and really happy and honoured, and I just hope it goes well for everybody.”

The Moderna vaccine is the third  to be rolled out in Wales, adding to the stocks of rollout of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.

The UK has purchased 17 million doses of the Moderna vaccine - enough for 8.5 million people.

Trials in the United States suggest its efficacy against coronavirus was 94.1 per cent, and vaccine efficacy against severe COVID-19 was 100 percent. More than 30,000 people in the trials from a wide range of age groups and ethnic backgrounds.